Rainbow Morris at the Saltaire Festival

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Rainbow are once again hosting their Day of Dance at Saltaire Festival.  We are delighted that 5 teams are joining us this year.


400 Roses

Dancing in the UK folk/tribal belly dancing style, the group are far flung, from Darlington to Stockport, Skipton to Leeds.

For more information, visit their website: www.fourhundredroses.org.uk


Buttercross Belles

Our friends from Otley are a women’s team who dance in the North West Morris tradition.

For more information, visit their website: www.buttercrossbelles.webs.com



A clog dancing team from Knaresborough we are looking forward to dancing with them once again at the Festival.


Fiddle ‘n’ Feet

An Appalachian dancing group, our friends from Shipley (two members of whom are also “Rainbows”) are once again joining us.

For more information, visit their website: www.fiddleandfeet.co.uk


Roll Back The Carpet

Based in Saltaire and dancing a Green Grass style of Appalachian, Roll Back the Carpet hosted a Day of Dance at last year’s festival.

For more information, visit their website: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/binworld/rbc/rbc.html


We will be dancing around the village from 11am to 4-ish.

Dance spots include:

  • The Hop (former Tramshed) (from 12 noon)
  • Salts Mill yard (up to 1pm)
  • The Salt Building, Shipley College
  • Saltaire United Reform Church drive


Full details of our programme will be available on the day from the foyer of Victoria Hall.



Summer 2014 has been a very busy season – and it’s not over yet!  We’ve had some great dance outs and enjoyed ourselves enormously:

 13 – 15 June 2014 – Yorkshire Coast Weekend of Dance

Always a fantastic weekend- this year didn’t disappoint.  It was great to meet old friends and our hosts, Yorkshire Coast Morris, once again made the weekend memorable.  As our musicians weren’t available, the wonderful Flag Crackers lent us theirs.  What stars!!

We danced around Scarborough, enjoyed a Ceilidh on the Saturday night when YCM provided some fantastic food, and danced at the castle on Sunday morning to a piper who played from on high – very atmospheric!  We were absolutely delighted to be chosen to receive the Gordon Crowther staff for the second time.  Luckily it is awarded to the side who show the “spirit of the dance”, rather than the best dancing!  The weekend ended, as is the tradition, with all teams dancing on the beach, before running into the sea.  Hope to be back next year.

21 June – St Pauls Church Shipley – Garden Party

We enjoyed dancing at this local event, at which we’ve performed several times over the years.  This year we had a group photo taken in a vintage car provided by the Rotary Club.

10 July – Dancing with Buttercross Belles

The Belles invited us to join them at one of their Summer Evening Dance Outs – at the Malt Shovel, Menston.  Luckily the weather was kind and we enjoyed dancing and eating sandwiches – very kindly provided by the pub.

20 July – Bingley Parish Church Garden Event

Another enjoyable local event.  We were given a very interesting talk about the church bells and a tour of the belfry, along with a demonstration (fingers in the ears for this!).

26 July – Street Festival, North Parade, Bradford

With the road closed to traffic and a wonderfully hot day, there was something for everyone at this festival, including fire eating, morris dancing (us) and a male choir.  We even got our photo in the local paper.


During August we have been enjoying a Summer Programme (a break from dancing), including a walk along the canal bank, a pub meal and a tour of LILAC – Low Impact Living Affordable Community (the UK’s first affordable cohousing Project in Leeds).

Dance-out at Robert’s Park Bandstand

Delightful weather and a charming crowd enhanced our dance-out at Robert’s Park Bandstand with Fiddle n’ Feet on Sunday August 24th.

Our set of dances with sticks, hankies and hoops received warm applause, and Fiddle n” Feet’s lively style kept everyone in their seats for the whole 90 minutes! One of the highlights was Sarah’s beautiful singing which gave the dancers a  much needed rest – especially Kay and Helen who were dancing with both sides!

Our musicians Terry and Ted were an equal match for Fiddle n” Feet’s fully amplified band, and the contrast of the two sides’ styles and music made for a rounded and popular programme.

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